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Surfers, beach-goers warned of storm drain discharge after rain

As rain falls on much of Los Angeles, the county's top health officer is warning beach-goers to beware of surfing, swimming "and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers."

The rain advisory is in effect for all county beaches until Thursday at 7:30 a.m. but excludes beach areas apart from discharging storm drains, rivers and creeks. 

“Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprises a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing,” Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said in a news release Monday.

“We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from the storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemicals from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill.”


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